western equine encephalomyelitis virus

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west·ern e·quine en·ceph·a·lo·my·e·li·tis vi·rus

a group A arbovirus of the genus Alphavirus, family Togaviridae, occurring in the western U.S. and parts of South America; it occurs naturally, usually as a symptomless infection in birds, but causes western equine encephalomyelitis in horses and humans following transfer by the bites of mosquitoes, chiefly Culex tarsalis.
See also: western equine encephalomyelitis.
Synonym(s): WEE virus
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WEE virus can infect birds, horses, and a variety of mammals.
Documented arbovirus activity was high in the Sacramento Valley in California based on isolates of WEE virus from Culex tarsalis mosquitoes and serologic conversions in sentinel chicken flocks; however, no cases were reported in humans or domestic animals.